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Hanukkah started two nights ago, and Christmas Eve is just ten nights away.  Is your home decked out for the holidays, presents bought, and holiday entertaining plans made?  No??  Well, my home is feeling festive, but no gifts wrapped (or purchased) yet, and very loose party plans made so far.  I’m just trying to enjoy the season, although it’s freezing right now, so staying warm is a huge priority.  If you’re still in need of some decorating, party look, and gift ideas, than look no further!  I have plenty of ideas to share here and on my Tumblr (www.brianedwardmillett.tumblr.com).  I know this post isn’t so much about setting the table as the title insists, but that’s what I’ve been calling these posts for a few years now.  That’s the traditionalist in me.

I’m all about a non-traditional palette though of blush, gold, copper, silver, and even a little grey.  These hues really shine in a new set of tiny ornaments I picked up a few weeks ago, and a variety of huge metallic painted pine cones I scored.  I also have an obsession with reproduction Kugel ornaments found in a local shop, and plan on buying a few every year.

As far as dressing for the season, I’m still in love with damasks and jacquards in soft tones, which can also be brought home in the form of pillows and table linens.  Sequins and sparkle, and sweaters and shearling are also ideal for this time of year.  More on this shortly.

Lastly, the main theme to continue to inspire me this time of year are woodland influences; faux bois, wood grain prints, and real plants and such from the woods like moss, evergreen boughs, and certain varieties of flowers like orchids.

My mix of elements can easily be tweaked to fit you, with a number of color combinations, like pale blue and silver for Hanukkah, being just as pretty.  Just have fun, and keep layering throughout the season.  The holidays don’t have to happen in a day.  I’m still planning on buying some fresh greens, and amaryllis bulbs this weekend.  Stay tuned on my Instagram for more on that! (@brianedwardmillett)

Happy Holidays!!

Putnam & Putnam for Martha Stewart Living, December 2016

J.Crew sequin dress

Emily Thompson flowers

Terre Melee dinnerware

wood grain gift wrap in the prettiest palette via Martha Stewart

Louis Vuitton f/w 2017

Lady Slipper orchids planted in a faux bois container at Martha Stewart’s house in Maine, “Skylands”, via Martha Stewart Living

pillows by Cosmos Textiles NYC

faux bois and my favorite orchids via Martha Stewart Living

Perfect holiday accessories from Louis Vuitton f/w 2017

My new favorite ornaments from a local shop called Hyde & Seek

Putnam & Putnam for Martha Stewart Living, December 2016

3.1 Phillip Lim holiday 2017

Kugel ornaments via Martha Stewart Living

3.1 Phillip Lim holiday 2017

Putnam & Putnam

 

SOURCES:

http://www.marthastewart.com

http://www.putnamflowers.com

http://www.jcrew.com

http://www.emilythompsonflowers.com

http://www.vogue.com

http://www.louisvuitton.com

http://www.cosmos-nyc.com

http://www.31philliplim.com

 

 

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So as much as I love fashion and talk about it all the time, I’m pretty simple when it comes to my own wardrobe.  Starting today with this post I thought it would be fun to give you some insight into what I wear.  First of all, I wear things to death, so any new additions are very seasonal.  I keep it pretty “basic”, adding in an exciting piece here and there, like my newest floral print shirt from my main source J. Crew.  I don’t strive for perfection, so my white sneakers are happily scuffed, shirt not perfectly pressed, and pants rolled just slightly off.  I usually like layers, but not so much in the warmer months, although I just wore a striped tee under that floral shirt (both short-sleeve) and rolled up.  I’m also about easy mixing and versatility, so with any shirt I wear only the darkest blue or black jeans, or some darker khaki chinos (always rolled up), and throw on my choice of spring/summer kicks, my navy Vans with bright yellow laces, or my white Stan Smiths.  On my lazy days, you’ll find me in short shorts and pocket tees with an older ratty pair of Vans I can’t seem to part with.  No matter the outfit or mood, I accessorize with a black Timex camper watch, and done!

J. Crew

J. Crew

J. Crew

J. Crew

J. Crew 484 jeans

J. Crew 484 black jeans

Adidas Stan Smith

Adidas Stan Smith

J. Crew

J. Crew

J. Crew

J. Crew

J. Crew

J. Crew

J. Crew 484 fit chinos

J. Crew 484 fit chinos

Vans for J. Crew

Vans for J. Crew

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I’ll be the first to admit, this post would’ve been so perfect at Easter time, but I just got super inspired the other day when Vogue.com shared photos of style icon Gloria Vanderbilt’s beautiful and exuberantly patterned interiors.  The woman has no fear when it comes to color, print, and the mix of it all.  Among that mix is the classically American pattern, gingham.  Gingham on gingham, and even a quilted combination of gingham and checks brighten up her homes, and scream spring.  Looking at Gloria’s rooms, more gingham popped into my head, this time spring fashion from the quintessentially American clothing brand J. Crew, one of my all-time favorites.  Between the two I’m ready to cover all my rooms (and me) with gingham.  It’s both classic and fun!

J. Crew

J. Crew

Gloria Vanderbilt

Gloria Vanderbilt

J. Crew

J. Crew

Gloria Vanderbilt

Gloria Vanderbilt

J. Crew

J. Crew

Gloria Vanderbilt

Gloria Vanderbilt

J. Crew

J. Crew

Gloria Vanderbilt and her family

Gloria Vanderbilt and her family

J. Crew

J. Crew

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

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In the final installment of my series on what’s inspiring me now, revolving around my favorite spring collection, Calvin Klein, the conversation between hard and soft continues.  Leather ruled the runway, but so did silk, sequins, and more.  Yesterday I talked about my favorite black leather furniture pieces, and this post continues that story on how to bring that element also seen on the Calvin Klein runway home, and how to keep the balance of masculine and feminine, hard and soft.  Apparatus continues to play a big role in this dialogue too, with their homes and studio in the mix.  Not that you should copy anyone exactly, but I’ve found some perfect pieces to get the look of their living room.  If you dissect it and also take inspiration from Calvin Klein, you’ll see materials as opposite as each other like silk and concrete, travertine and linen, or wood and fur.  Think of adding any of these elements, and others like leather or snakeskin to your space.  But keep an editing eye, and only add a dollop of each to keep it chic and modern.  And don’t forget my favorite element of all, flowers!

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Apparatus

Apparatus

Kelly Wearstler

Kelly Wearstler

Egg Collective tables

Egg Collective tables

Mongolian pillow from West Elm

Mongolian pillow from West Elm

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Apparatus

Apparatus

Apparatus via Instagram @apparatusstudio

Apparatus via Instagram @apparatusstudio

travertine table via 1stdibs

travertine table via 1stdibs

pillow from West Elm

pillow from West Elm

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Apparatus

Apparatus

Apparatus

Apparatus

Apparatus 'Portal' table

Apparatus Portal table

Apparatus via Instagram @apparatusstudio

Apparatus via Instagram @apparatusstudio

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Apparatus via Instagram @apparatusstudio

Apparatus via Instagram @apparatusstudio

bedding by Tenfold from The Line

linen bedding by Tenfold from The Line

leather pillow

leather pillow

Portal coffee table by Apparatus via Instagram

Portal coffee table by Apparatus via Instagram @apparatusstudio

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Amy Mellen's inspiration for Calvin Klein Home via One Kings Lane

Amy Mellen’s inspiration for Calvin Klein Home via One Kings Lane

 

 

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So I have a new favorite shoe…ok, make that shoes, by Brother Vellies. Designed by Aurora James in Brooklyn, and handcrafted sustainably in Kenya and South Africa, Brother Vellies has a wide assortment of styles I love, and are a huge part of the babouche trend I briefly mentioned yesterday.  Fur, snakeskin, shearling, and more are used on all sorts of slippers and sandals, including shoes for another favorite, Ryan Roche.  Her spring ’16 collection featured shoes in collaboration with Brother Vellies, from simple white pointy toed slide-ons to furrier varieties.  These are the perfect clothes, and shoes to throw on all spring!

Brother Vellies

Brother Vellies

Brother Vellies

Brother Vellies

Ryan Roche s/s 2016

Ryan Roche s/s 2016

Brother Vellies

Brother Vellies

Brother Vellies

Brother Vellies

Ryan Roche s/s 2016

Ryan Roche s/s 2016

Brother Vellies

Brother Vellies

Brother Vellies via Opening Ceremony

Brother Vellies via Opening Ceremony

Ryan Roche s/s 2016

Ryan Roche s/s 2016

Brother Vellies

Brother Vellies

Brother Vellies

Brother Vellies

Ryan Roche s/s 2016

Ryan Roche s/s 2016

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In keeping with yesterday’s post and my love of all things Morocco, today I’m sharing my 5 favorite things to add to your home as the season warms up…well four for the home, and one for you.  It’s as simple as adding tons of candlelight, specifically big lanterns on the floor and hanging from the ceiling, or take it further with beautiful Moroccan rugs (Turkish and some others can count) scattered about, Moroccan-inspired furniture, or do as Disc Interiors does, and cover your kitchen back splash or bathroom walls with wavy Moroccan tile.  I love the bold colorful tile more traditional of Morocco, but I’m really loving solid black and cream tiles for a more modern take.  And for you?  Well, the Babouche slipper in various forms is the “it” shoe for spring, and they look pretty comfy.  It doesn’t take much, but a little (or a lot) Moroccan goods, or inspired by, can go a long way.

via Elle Decor

via Elle Decor

lanterns from West Elm

lanterns from West Elm

lanterns from West Elm

lanterns from West Elm

rugs and texture from West Elm

rugs and texture from West Elm

vintage rugs through Ashe + Leandro

vintage rugs through Ashe + Leandro

Disc Interiors

Disc Interiors

table from Lawson Fenning

table from Lawson Fenning

coffee table from West Elm

coffee table from West Elm

solid Moroccan tiles

solid Moroccan tiles

Disc Interiors

Disc Interiors

black Moroccan tile

black Moroccan tile

Babouche inspired shoe by Céline

Babouche inspired shoe by Céline

Babouche slippers by Brother Vellies

Babouche slippers by Brother Vellies

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Continuing on from last week’s post on what’s inspiring me this spring, Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016 is still at the heart of it in this part II of III.  Last week I focused on the floral looks, and how they translated to the home.  This week it’s all about the chain details that were such an interesting addition, and used in a way I’ve never seen before.  My first thought for how to bring that material home is lighting by Apparatus, specifically their ‘Cloud’ and ‘Link Porcelain’ fixtures.  Other chain details that come to mind are objects by ceramicist Michele Quan, and lights by Natalie Page.  Interior Designer  Jeffrey Bilhuber had custom plaster coated lights on large chain made for the Miami home of former Calvin Klein CEO Barry Schwartz  (nice coincidence), and James Huniford often uses chain as objects in his projects.  Chain is an interesting material that I would recommend adding to your space.  Hang art or bed hangings from the ceiling on brass or bronze chain, or wear chunky gold chains (not like Mr. T, more like Dries van Noten fall ’15) with your favorite outfit!

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Apparatus

Apparatus

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Apparatus

Apparatus

Apparatus

Apparatus

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Apparatus

Apparatus

Michele Quan

Michele Quan

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

via Instagram @apparatusstudio

via Instagram @apparatusstudio

Michele Quan

Michele Quan

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Natalie Page lights

Natalie Page lights from BDDW

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

James Huniford

James Huniford

James Huniford

James Huniford

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Apparatus x Zak + Fox

Apparatus x Zak + Fox

Calvin Klein Collection pre-fall 2016

Calvin Klein Collection pre-fall 2016

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